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is the terrible neighborhood team. they work both in -- the terraville neighborhood team. they worked both in plain clothes and in uniform. i know one of their big fans, mary harris, is here someplace. i'm sure she will speak to that when she gets up here. what are their language capabilities? and no one in the tnt has any language skills, however, there are 12 by the officers at the station that they leverage all the time. and we have a language deficiency program through the city where they can access language -- a language sufficiency program through the city where they can access language assistance. how do we work with the omi residence and labor organizations?
we are very responsive to the community. i myself spoke to an assembly of ministers earlier this week. and they offer -- and god bless them for doing it -- to be a conduit. if anyone feels that their identity was known or there may be a trust issue to provide information on any of these cases or for the whereabouts of the firearm, i assure the ministers that if they would relay that information, it would be without attribution. we just want to get the guns. if we get the guns without an arrest, that is fine, too. i know we were affected doing that in bayview. we want the guns off the street. that is absolutely number one priority for this mayor. whenever we can do to reduce the amount of guns on the street -- whenever we can do to reduce the amount of guns on the street would not be enough for me or anyone in this room. no guns means less violence. >supervisor avalos: we would
like to offer help with any of the communications with the ministers that he talked about. we would like to follow up to see how we can help. >> i know that they asked if they could meet with us quarterly, and meet with me personally semiannually. and then they have a big thing at third and paul every year that is a citywide summit that offered to attend. it is to get people out of a cycle of violence. >>the police department found monies to work with other agencies to help about 525 young people to help give the money in their pocket to keep them busy when they are not working, and also to tucker them out so they are not busy after hours. we have been successful at keeping 5000 somewhat kids safe
in this city through the effort of this body. it was a tough june. it has been a much better july. a lot of the inroads we have made have been successful. however, the one homicide that did happen in the omi on broad street did kick off a brutal series of homicides. the response that commander loftus described appears to be enough that july was markedly less violent than june was. i will take questions. supervisor olague: i'm glad to hear the conversation continues with the ministers on the southeast sector of the city. >> and reverend ames, ms. brown and i are pretty much fallen
friends daily. -- phone friends daily. this cannot go away soon enough for him. supervisor olague: i was going to ask -- because i knew we had a conversation a few months ago here with all of them, but can we have a similar conversation with community leaders on this side of town to try to pull folks together? >> absolutely. and i assure you i will be meeting over the weekend with the folks in the southern edition. that suspect was found over the weekend with the gun in his residence. supervisor olague: and that kid was 13 years old. it is tragic. >> yes. supervisor olague: maybe we can have something similar, we can talk. you know, with reverend brown and others. >> i will be happy to do that. supervisor olague: and the issue that comes up a lot to put
people at ease is community police foot patrols. is that something you plan to increase? >> absolutely. and we are grateful because i know both of you voted for the budget. we are currently down almost two hundred 50 officers. those are additional officers that can be on foot. number one response priority for us, we have to answer the 911 calls for service. when we lose 10% or more of our police department, we lose the beat officers to the degree that we would like to have them. we still have many, but not enough. and that is pretty much exactly what these new hires will be doing, replacing senior officers as they go out and then replacing things like more sro's and more officers on bicycles to route these neighborhoods. supervisor avalos: thank you for
your presentation. just a question for mr. henderson again, we talked about the summer youth employment program where you are planning -- were you hired 5000 two -- 5002 young people. we would like to find out how to capitalize on that because we would like year-round employment for young people. where are we getting the use -- what parts of san francisco are we giving them jobs from? >> the chief just talked about the program where he said the youths were out and doing jobs. i just went yesterday with the mayor to see what they were doing outside the san bruno jail where they are outside in the field and growing. that is supposed to be given to different agencies throughout the city. we personally met with a lot of the kids. a lot of them were from
ingleside and the bayview. there were all talking about how transformative it was, not just for them but their families as well. they are paid $11 an hour for the work that they are doing. it comes down to making sure that we continue to build a final aa funnel and a bridge to those communities to help make the salaries. i know the plan is to try to see if we can institutionalize those jobs and make them more than just a summer project to try to have those kids at least stay with us throughout the year and work during the time that they are -- supervisor avalos: i think that is great. perhaps we can have a hearing on the success of the program and how we can institutionalize that. also, we can look at how we are getting young people from each
separate into the jobs available. i'm not sure what is available -- each young person into the jobs available. i'm not sure what is available in my district for the summer program or a year round program. but i think he would be pleasantly surprised. the statistics, at least from what i observed just from yesterday were phenomenal. supervisor avalos: great to hear. >> i would like to bring up next commander loftus. supervisor avalos: he just spoke. >> i think next we're going to hear from -- supervisor avalos: i'm not sure we need to hear from the captain. we already heard from the chief about changes in the department. if the captain has anything to add -- he is saying no. we also regret to your possibly from commander orks. he is saying no, too.
i think we got a pretty good report from the chief. let's move on to the district attorney's office. >> ok, i will bring up charren wu. >> i am the chief assistant for the operations department. the operations department includes both the criminal division as well as victims services. gradin woods is the chief of the criminal division and is here as well. and the chief of victim services is here as well. what is our role when a homicide occurs? the san francisco district attorney's office response in several ways. as prosecutors, we work very closely with the police department, collaborating with them. we are available 24/7, sr. passed -- senior assistant district attorneys as well as homicide assistant district attorneys.
whenever there is a suspect in custody, we this into the interview, the witnesses in custody, to assist them in any way that we can to develop a very strong case that we can pursue any criminal court successfully. we also review all of the cases for charging and warrant requests. in every homicide case, our protocols involves been in contact the next morning with the homicide -- the lead homicide inspector. we obtain all of the victims information, the surviving family information. we out reached to those family members to provide monetary assistance as well as any counselling assistance required. we work closely with the victims compensation board, a state board, in order to be able to access restitution funds and money for funeral and burial, things that you do not think about right away when something like this happens.
the victim services people and advocates are very involved with the families to make sure that everything we can do in terms of the wraparound services are working very closely with the crn's and the crt's to make sure every service is available to them. we also navigate the suspect for the criminal-justice system. whether they are charged or apprehended, we will take them through to the medical examiner's office, walk them through the system. we will tell them what to expect in the criminal justice system if the case is solved and what to expect in terms of the court process. our victim advocates become a direct conduit for the victim's family, navigating the it difficult system and try to guide them as easily and seamlessly as possible. for victims and witnesses of crimes, our victims services as well as our d.a. investigation
are involved in relocation services. those are both for charged and not charged cases. charged cases, we can access state funding through the california relocation witness program. not charge, we work closely with the police department to ensure that a witness is cooperated -- is -- to ensure that if a witness is cooperative, we can get them to a safe location if they are in danger. we are grateful that there are general funds provided to our offices in order to make those services and funding available. as it relates to the homicides that have occurred in the omi, the statistics have been brought by the police department. three of the incidents have been presented to our office. one on regent street, which is
charged. that case is going through the system. of course, the horrendous quintuple on part street. that is through early litigation. and the one case on broad street from the beginning of may, we did not have sufficient evidence to charge that case. we're still working the case with the police department. no cases are virtually declined. we simply consult on a regular basis, our homicide consultant with the inspectors on ways to gather information to charge and have a successful prosecution. again, the collaborative efforts have been our strong work with the police department and they have acknowledged that we are available to them any time to answer questions and essentially, to guide any of the
investigations if possible. we also work on the charged cases with the police department, identifying evidence that needs to be tested, obtaining a forensic analysis on any items that are required. likewise with our victim services, they work with the community groups and departments that are here today to make sure that we have wraparound services. referrals for the trauma recovery center, as supervisor olague has stated, are really key in making sure that there is long-term assistance for these families. the average that we have made -- the efforts that we have made to try to expand our role, we are maybe classic we thought as a prosecution role, but the d.a. felt was necessary for us to come into the community more. to be able to build confidence in the neighborhood and the community, confidence in law enforcement, and confidence in
our abilities to keep people safe. we have a standard, our neighborhood prosecution program. there is now a prosecutor assigned to every district station. we have assigned one of our senior people, assistant district attorney ronnie siengh to handle the district where she is a resident. she is very familiar with the area and she has worked with the young people in that area and all over the city. we are very pleased that she wanted to do that and is committed. our neighborhood prosecutor has worked closely with the prop -- the police department, but also close the with the -- closely with the community. we hope we will see some real dividends from moving people into the community. likewise, are victims services are moving into the community as well.
sometimes people do not want to come to the hall. sometimes people at the hall that -- do not want to come to the hall. we think will have more success with out reached if we go out into the community. chinatown, the ymca in the bayview, we have just established relationships in the tenderloin. and we're looking for more. and clearly with all of the activity in district 11, the omi and sunnydale are districts that we are interested in reaching out to as well. supervisor avalos: thank you. we appreciate your efforts to go into those neighborhoods. >>supervisor olague: and we need services in the western addition and still more. >> we are reaching out to more
communities. supervisor olague: thank you. >> there is a question as to whether there's anything additional that the city can do. one area i want to raise has to do with our relocation services and the ability -- many of the individuals on the relocation services are also on public housing or getting public assistance. the conversion from relocating to relocating with public assistance, we could use some help with that. it is a difficult road to navigate for individuals, and even more difficult for agencies. supervisor olague: i have a question. can you be specific about what type of help you would need in terms of relocating? what are some of the issues that have come up when you have tried to relocate someone either through public housing or public assistance, or both? >> individuals currently in
public housing, if we need to relocate them, we got -- generally need to do it with a section 8 vouchers. that list is incredibly full. i'm not even sure it is an open list anymore. individuals will need help, no matter what. and it has to extend beyond cal rap services. we have to be able to transition beyond cal rapi for the individual to be able to maintain its distance beyond that. i'm not even sure what that means, but that the roadblock that we see. supervisor avalos: thank you for your presentation. next up, we have the department of public health. oh, we have the director, barbara garcia. >> good morning, supervisors.
i wanted to let you know that charlie will be doing the presentation, but i came today because i want you to understand that public safety is very important to the department. we have had charlie as our safety coordinator and we have developed our critical response team developed by the police department for any homicides or violence issues that require assistance. our critical response team, i think, is really important. they helped to ss and try to activate the crn's when necessary. we believe this is an important coordination city-wide so we can response to it -- respond to any incident throughout the city. and we have worked closely with those who fund crn to make sure that they have the adequate training that they need. and they work with us to provide nattily the critical responses, but also the long
of four long term basis. many families take time to go through the process and later need assistance if you want to be there for that. time. we're also looking to try to coordinate with other agencies in the city. we have improved our work by working with community groups and community members and sharing their concern. we will also take any recommendations that you have, as supervisors, from the community, to continue to improve the quality of our services. i wanted charlie to come up. he will be our lead to date in responding. we also have other staff. supervisor avalos: a quick question. has there been an assessment of the critical response team and its role in getting services to victims' families, bringing
communities together? has there been an assessment on what could be done -- >> we are in a constant assessment of that. we are doing an evaluative with dcyf but we are constantly looking at how to respond and be better in our services. just recently, i myself got involved in trying to look at how to develop and operations plan for the crn's and crt's. we see that as an ongoing process to improve our services. supervisor avalos: i was not questioning the services itself, but what was in the future, what began plan to do to have a much greater response to meet our community needs. >> absolutely. we look at what we do today and future needs. i would expand our team more. i will be looking at that next year in the budget. i do think we have developed the crt without new funding, taking
staff from other services to develop this, so i do not want to expand services for this particular issue, but if needed, we will do that. i think it is important to do that considering the needs in the community. we have a full gamut of mental health services also have to be retrained around various issues. many of our staff members to trainings in schools and other areas but we did develop this without a full budget process. we continue to look at that to transfer to these areas the necessary. we will look at today's hearing for any recommendations you have for improvement. we will look at that for our own services. thank you for a hearing today. >> while you're here, there is a group of folks here part of the healing circle that play a larger role in bringing people
together that have really suffer the trauma of losing loved ones to homicide. a key role in looking at what the department of public health is doing or what the city is doing, the department of public health can join with. >> i have been very supportive of the healing circle. scott has been a tremendous asset to the city and the department in the services provided to these are the kinds of services and recommendations that came from the community for us to look at. i do think that these are the type of support that we need to give to family members to empower themselves around that position. thank you so much. >> charlie morimoto, dph. ideal of a public safety issues.
what i will be talking about, i think it has been about a decade i have been working on this specifically. a large amount of homicides and the department was asked to get involved in regard to services. i want to be clear today, we will be talking about the intervention peace. i am not talking about all the other services and things that need to go into place, prevention, but this is really the intervention model. i wanted to let you know, over the past decade of examining, going out two homicides myself, i think i have got to over 50 now, identifying what we needed. as barbara mentioned, we moved staff. we did not have the allocation and money to do that. 2006, the crisis response came. one of the things, even when i
initially looked -- because i want to build on the strength of what is happening in the back. people were looking for singular solutions and a quick fix to things. when i came in, there had not been dialogue between the departments and the community's most impacted, even the nonprofit communities, were rather fragmented. so how do you start looking at a city-wide model? i did not know barbara was a boy to come down, but i did want to it knowledge hurt. at the time, barbara also had political will to say that we had to address the issue. that is what it takes if we're going to deal with this. i also want to acknowledge, sfpd, there has been a whole change in the last few years. we have had more dialogue, they
have been supportive. we have developed a strong relationship with victims of services. we have been in partnership with dcyf doing the street violence initiative, and we are really working with them. i did want to acknowledge on the community response network, those lead agencies, bayview foundation, northwestern crn's -- they do excellent work. even within our own department, there was no communication. there has been a lot of work done around san francisco general's emergency department social work, we coordinate will with them now. even institutional police have had knowledge, as we work with the crn's and families, helping
to engage with the community on that. the wraparound projects that tries to keep people that have been injured from the coming back in, looking at street violence. also, they have been very beneficial to us, working with the trauma recovery center. san francisco general is the trauma center for the region. trauma recovery is actually the psychological know how th. supervisor avalos: so we have moved from where the trauma recovery center was state-funded to know almost locally funded? it has become san francisco's natural response. >> not really sure on the funding. it has been back and forth. i just want to be clear. what i will be talking about is the response of peace.
i thought it would be important for you to see what happens in the initial response, which had to be a city-wide street intervention model. i am sure dcyf will cover the initiatives we are working on, not just the response and crn piece. the primary focus of the crisis response team, we had to define it out. we had different pockets of groups. we knew we needed to work with families that were directly impacted by the homicides and/or witnesses to stabbing or shooting violence. that would be the main focus. the other thing, we needed a response that could occur 24 hours a day, seven days a week. a lot of the incidences were occurring at the middle of the night and in different areas. we had to respond city-wide.
the victim of a homicide, when the crisis response team would be working, a lot of times, family members were not given the location. were an incident occurred did not necessarily mean that was who we had to engage with. those were the main pieces, except that we are constantly trying to figure out development and culturally competent services. there have been some changes in our crisis services. stefani talked about child crisis. all of that and crt are in the same location so that we have the ability to handle this culturally if we have other issues. i want to talk about the notificationro